KIGALI, Rwanda — In a move to restore relations with Rwanda, France’s President Emmanuel Macron has asked for forgiveness from Rwandan people while recognizing his country’s responsibility in the 1994 genocide.
“Standing here today, with humility and respect, by your side, I have come to recognise our responsibilities, he said while giving a speech at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Macron said that France “was not complicit” in the genocide however it failed to heed to warnings of an impending massacre.
“But France has a role, a story and a political responsibility to Rwanda. She has a duty: to face history head-on and recognise the suffering she has inflicted on the Rwandan people by too long valuing silence over the examination of the truth.” Said Macron.
The French president said that France should acknowledge the “suffering it inflicted to the Rwandan people by too long valuing silence over the examination of the truth.”
“On this path, only those who went through that night can perhaps forgive, give us the gift of forgiving.”
Macron’s visit aims to mend relations between France and Rwanda following a quarter-decade tension over the 1994 mass killings.
While his apology exceeds his predecessors, Rwandan people were hoping for a full and official apology.